At the crossroads of Europe and the Near East, we encounter the Balkans—a group of republics as enchanting as they are intriguing—evoking memories of a long and tumultuous past. This extraordinary adventure explores the Western Balkans, with its historic port cities facing the Adriatic Sea, and its inland regions offering ever-changing landscapes and a dizzying array of cultural impressions. Each new location adds its own unique spice to this unforgettable and thought-provoking journey.
- Visit Kotor, a UNESCO Natural and Culturo-Historical Region
- Enjoy a private boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks, a Baroque-style church built in 1632
- Watch for over 270 bird species on a private cruise of Skadar Lake
- Visit the Beli Dvor (Royal Compound) and Tito’s Mausoleum in Belgrade
- Attend traditional dinners with folkloric music in both Belgrade and Sarajevo
- On a visit to the Živanovic´ household, taste honey and bermet (dessert wine)
- Travel the Ilok Wine Road to visit a local winery for a tasting
- Tour the Lipizzaner Stable & Stud Farm in Dakovo
- Meet with an eyewitness to the Bosnian War in Sarajevo
- See the reconstructed Stari Most in Mostar
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik
Day 1 – 2Budva & Kotor, Montenegro
Upon arrival you are transferred to your luxury hotel in Montenegro, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Here you discover lovely beaches, clear lakes, sparkling rivers and lush mountains all in one central and convenient location. This evening you’ll meet your Comfort Travel Director and fellow travelers at a welcome cocktail party and dinner to learn more about the exciting days that lay ahead.
On Day 2, we head to Kotor, situated on one of Montenegro’s most stunning bays. The Old Town was built between the 12th and 14th centuries, and its medieval architecture and inherently beautiful setting have earned Kotor designation as a UNESCO Natural and Culturo-Historical Region. After lunch, we take a boat ride out into the bay to visit Our Lady of the Rocks Church, a Baroque-style church built in 1632, perched on a tiny artificial island. Hear the romantic story behind the island’s formation and view the church’s artworks. After returning to Budva, explore the town on your own, take a walk along the splendid beaches or spend your time shopping and browsing the historic Old Town.
- Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa, Budva (SUPERIOR SEA VIEW)
Day 3 – 4Cetinje & Skadar Lake; Belgrade, Serbia
Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro, was founded in the 15th century and became a center for Montenegrin culture. Here we find many impressive embassy buildings built in the 19th century, as well as the Monasteries of Cetinje and Biljarda. The city is abundant with museums, parks and stunning mountain views.
Next, enjoy the tranquil beauty of one of the most popular natural attractions with a private boat tour on Skadar Lake. The largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula and the largest national park in Montenegro, Skadar Lake is famous for its diverse flora and fauna. The park as a whole boasts more than 270 species of birds and 50 species of fish and our relaxing private boat tour lets us take it all in.
Our flight this afternoon brings us to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia for a relaxing night and a full day of scenic explorations. We begin Day 4 with a visit to Kalemegdan, the historical center of Belgrade. The Belgrade Fortress has defended the area since the Celts first settled here in the 3rd century B.C. On top of Roman walls are Serbian ramparts, and above them, Turkish and Austrian fortifications. Kalemegdan Park is adjacent to the fort and is the city’s most popular park. Below Kalemegdan are long underground corridors and catacombs, which still remain largely unexplored.
We discover Stari Grad (Old Town) including Skadarlija, a bohemian district once known as the Gypsy Quarter, and Knez Mihajlova Street, a pedestrian zone and shopping area with impressive buildings and mansions from the late 1870s. After lunch we head for Beli Dvor, the Royal Compound, to visit Tito’s mausoleum in the House of Flowers, named after the astounding amount of flowers that surrounded Tito’s tomb after his death. A leisurely afternoon lets us explore the capital and peruse its various shops. Tonight, we dine at a charming local restaurant and listen to lively Serbian folk music.
- Metropol Palace, Belgrade (DELUXE)
Day 5Sremski Karlovci, Novi Sad; Ilok & Osijek, Croatia
On the way to Novi Sad, we stop en route in Sremski Karlovci to tour the popular local attraction, the Honey Museum. Here we delight in presentations on the “life of bees” and learn about modern beekeeping, taste the local nectar, and also sample bermet, a distinctive Serbian sweet wine.
Novi Sad, which is home to important religious architecture dating to back to the 18th and 19th centuries, greets us with captivating baroque style. We then visit the stunning Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George and the gothic revival Name of Mary Catholic Church. We delve deeper with visits to the well-known Petrovaradin Fortress and its photogenic Clock Tower. Take time to gaze at the oversized face, which allowed boatmen on the Danube and military guards to keep track of their time.
Our journey of the senses continues to the charming town of Ilok where we sample the local wine, delicious homemade bread, and kulen (paprika-flavored pork sausage), a Slavonian specialty. Ilok is in the heart of Croatian wine country, and its wines have been popular since the 19th century.
- Hotel Osijek, Osijek (DELUXE )
Day 6 – 7Osijek; Dakovo & Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Osijek is the largest Croatian city of the Slavonia region. Explore on your own this morning, perhaps walking the beautiful promenade along the Drava River. Later this morning we head to Dakovo, for a visit to the Lipizzaner Stud Farm. Founded in 1506, this farm is home to magnificent Lipizzaner horses. After lunch we continue on to Sarajevo.
Sarajavo played an important role in world history when, on June 28, 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. The attack set into motion a conflict that would very soon after draw the British Empire, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United States and many others into WWI. On day 7 we visit the most famous part of Sarajevo, Bascarsija, the old bazaar. Here, in the historical and cultural heart of the city, the streets here were organized by trade, and at its peak in the second half of the 16th century there were 80 different craft guilds. Walk its narrow alleys and smell the delicious cevapi(grilled minced meat) cooking in the restaurants.
Our tour then takes us through the blocks devastated by the Bosnian War, and by the city center for a walking tour to view the House of Parliament, Gazi Husrev-Beg’s Mosque, the Old Orthodox church, the Catholic Catherdral and the bezistan (covered market). Established during the 15th century, the market was the largest covered market in the area, and still remains popular to this day. Enjoy our stroll along the banks of the river and the beautiful historic bridges, and discover lovely buildings from the Austro-Hungarian era.
After lunch, we explore the Sarajevo Tunnel, constructed during the Bosnian War’s Siege of Sarajevo which lasted from 1992 to 1996, the longest siege of any capital city in the history of modern warfare. The tunnel linked the city with Bosnian-held territory and was used to transport both people and supplies. Later, we have the opportunity to learn about the war through the eyes of a witness to the conflict, bringing the tragic events vividly to life. Tonight we dine at a local restaurant where we also enjoy a traditional music performance.
- Hotel Europe, Sarajevo (MODERN)
Day 8 – 10Mostar; Dubrovnik, Croatia & Depart for Home
Mostar was one of the most important cities in the Ottoman Empire. Visit the old town with its famous stone bridge over the Neretva River. Built, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War, but was rebuilt for the third time in its history, and reopened in July 2004. Walk the narrow street of the bazaar, crowded with everything from gold jewelry to beautifully carved wooden boxes. Admire the stone architecture of Turkish House, built in 1635, and delve into the region’s rich history. Later this afternoon we make our way to Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is rich in cultural and historical monuments and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in itself. This prosperous coastal city is the greatest cultural center of Croatia, which becomes increasingly apparent as we wander through its streets, sighting its landmarks, and learning about its history and heritage along the way. The most recognizable feature of the city is its terra cotta roofs and medieval city walls, comprising what is one of the most beautiful and strongest fort systems in all of Europe.
On Day 9, we visit the Rector’s Palace, and the Franciscan Monastery with its 14th-century pharmacy, which is still in operation, and the Dominican Monastery. Stand in awe before the Dubrovnik Cathedral, to delight in its 16th-century religious art, which according to legend, was funded by Richard the Lionhearted. The remainder of the day is to spend as you please. Tonight, attend a cocktail and dinner party at the hotel to bid farewell to this fascinating region, your fellow guests, and your Comfort Travel Director.
After breakfast on Day 10 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.
Hilton Imperial Hotel, Dubrovnik (HILTON KING PLUS)
- Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
- Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around Program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available
- A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
- Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
- Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
- Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
- All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
- Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
- Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan
Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.
Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa, Budva
Nestled on the edge of the pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea in Becici, Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa is an exquisite melding of natural beauty with sophisticated comfort. Whether you want to lie back and enjoy the relaxing beach amenities like umbrellas and sun loungers or enjoy a pampering afternoon at the Spa & Wellness Club or cool off in one of the 2 indoor swimming pools, the choice is yours. Try the beachside bar or one of the hotel’s other venues.
Metropol Palace, Belgrade
Stunning five star Belgrade hotel, the Metropol has always been the heart of Belgrade’s social life and the host to all its most esteemed guests. Designed by famous Serbian architect Dragiša Brašovan and originally opened in 1957, the Metropol Hotel reopened in 2012 as Metropol Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Located in the city center near the Serbian National Parliament, after a total renovation and a new design by MKV, Metropol Palace can now be considered the luxurious modern gem of Belgrade again.
Hotel Osijek, Osijek
Located in the center of Osijek in the heart of the pedestrian zone alongside one of the most beautiful river promenade in all of Croatia, the Hotel Osijek offers a touch of luxury to it guests.
The interior of the hotel is spacious, modern and elegant and what is most important, its staff with their warmth and kindness will make your stay a memorable experience.
Hotel Europe, Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated.
Upon entering the lobby, every stay at Hotel Europe unfolds like a journey along which you will be guided by our gracious staff. Welcoming soft lounge music and the enticing interior design worth analyzing is what you discover first. The spirit of the past times is preserved in the traditional section of the hotel showcasing the flamboyant decor of the years gone by, whereas a new section is designed with modern style.
Hotel Europe has for an entire century been a silent witness to the history of Sarajevo and has hosted the most notable personalities from Europe and the rest of the world. It is at this Hotel that distinguished statesmen and politicians, high-profile corporate executives, motion picture and television personalities, artists and athletes have all stayed whilst visiting Sarajevo.
Hilton Imperial Hotel, Dubrovnik
Located in beautiful gardens, just a few minutes walk from the historic Old Town, overlooking the ancient city walls and famous fortresses, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik links two hotels of great charms, originally built in 1897. Although completely refurbished, the hotel has preserved its original 19th century architectural look and taste of the Mediterranean at its best. The Fitness Club facilities include a modern sauna and steam bath to relax your senses and give you the feeling of tranquility and a fully-equipped gym and a splendid indoor swimming pool with natural daylight. Restaurant Porat offers breakfast, an extensive lunch buffet and an evening a la carte menu featuring local Dalmatian specialties. Designed in contemporary style with Dubrovnik flair, Porat offers a combination of quality international cuisine and Adriatic gourmet specialties prepared with freshly-caught fish and seafood, delighting the senses of every guest. All 139 rooms and 8 suites reflect a unique combination of tradition with modern comfort and amenities.